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11:57AM

Orange Julius

Happy Wednesday Foodies! I’m reporting live from our office with a delicious beverage in my hand and a small Yorkshire terrier by my side. The only way life could be better than this is… um, never mind. I’ve actually thought of plenty of ways life could be better than this.

Okay, moving right along.

I anticipated doing a Wordless Wednesday segment today, but then I got this brilliant idea to make one of my all time favorite drinks – an Orange Julius. Yesterday on my Facebook page I asked everybody what their favorite frozen drinks were and plenty of you came up with some awesome ones. One of my favorite frozen drinks is an Orange Julius; it always has been. However, buying one in this town is difficult – they don’t sell them anywhere. In fact, I would have to drive about an hour north to find one.

I don’t think so.

I mean, it’s one thing to drive an hour to Ikea for some awesome stuff with a side of Swedish Meatballs, macaroni and cheese and some mashed potatoes and gravy; but an Orange Julius? Please.

Therefore, instead of blogging about my soup from last night or giving you a wordless Wednesday glimpse of my life I am going to give you one kick ass frozen drink recipe.

Nutritional Information:
Servings: 1
Calories: 240
Fat: 4 g
Carbohydrates: 46.5 g
Fiber: 0
Protein: 4 g
Points+: 6

Here is what you will need. This is for ONE serving. Plan ahead if you have others to think about.

 Recipe Adapted from Paul Mayne

  • ½ cup WHOLE milk {I hear the gasps}
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 3 ounces frozen orange juice concentrate
  • Splenda*, to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract {optional}
  • Handful of ice cubes {I'd say 10}

 

*Do you notice the asterisk by the Splenda? I didn’t mess up and put that there by accident. Splenda is a funky sweetener because it is sweeter than you realize sometimes. I would start off with a few tablespoons and after you blend all of the ingredients {NOT including the ice} do a taste test. Add more as you see fit.

Okay, now on to the directions:

 

  • In a blender, combine the milk, water, orange juice, sugar and vanilla {if you’re using it}.
  • Cover and blend until smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Now this is where you do a little taste test. If your mixture is not sweet enough, add more Splenda, blend and taste again! 

 

 

  • When your mixture passes the taste test, add a couple of ice cubes and blend until smooth, then add a few more and blend until smooth.
  • Pour into a glass and drink away!

 

This is such an easy and tasty recipe. It reminds me of the real thing. How wonderful it was making this! If you don’t like tasting vanilla in your Orange Julius I would omit that ingredient only because vanilla extract tends to be very potent. If you want to spice it up just a bit, I would add just a splash – nothing more.

Now it’s your turn, go make this wonderful drink and marvel in the fact that it is easy to make.

Until Next Time,

Happy Blendin’  

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Reader Comments (2)

Any ideas on how to make this if you don't have access to frozen orange juice concentrate? We don't have that down under, or orange Julius for that matter, but I love it and grew up drinking it every year at the county fair.

January 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSheri

Hi, Sheri!! I think you can substitute fresh squeezed {or regular} orange juice! You may have to adjust the amount you put in, but I did see where you could use fresh orange juice! :)

January 16, 2012 | Registered CommenterCooking With Mel

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